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Automatic Ball Thrower: automate playtime with your dog

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If you have ever owned a dog, playing fetch with it can be tiring. Dogs expect you to keep throwing the ball in a never ending cycle. Hence, the inspiration for the above invention. Check out the Automatic Ball Thrower. It is a machine that takes a tennis ball and throws it for a dog to fetch. Eventually, the dog, like Jerry in the video, will learn to put the fetched ball back into the receiving arm of the machine, for a never ending cycle of play time. The ball thrower also keeps track of how many balls it has thrown.

Ahhh, lazy engineers doing what they do best…

lamgngo, the creator of the machine says it took 2 years of “on and off work.” He says most of his time was spent coding the software to control the machine. Iamgngo also assures people that the ball thrower is equipped with about half a dozen IR sensors to prevent the arm from raising in the event that Jerry gets his teeth caught on the machine.


Via: 3 Yen – Japanese Gadgets


  1. Posted June 29, 2008 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    That seems like it will only work with small dogs. Larger dogs will still be able to have their head/mouth near the ejection chute, which could be quite disastrous.

  2. Nikewmn
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    I think my lab would love this – I wish I could buy one!! In regards to big dogs getting hit by the projectile, it is the human/owner’s responsibility to TRAIN their dog to use it properly, just like you would your own kids (since that’s what our dogs are to us!! 🙂

    Great invention!!

  3. Linda K
    Posted January 8, 2009 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Love it! My border collie would love it, would learn to use it quickly and it would save my poor arm. She has limitless energy and can wear out anyone throwing anything for her to fetch. Can it be used outdoors too?

  4. Nancy
    Posted February 15, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    I want to buy one of these. How can I?

  5. Chuck
    Posted February 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I laughed my ass off!!! I love dachshunds and I loved watching this one. It cracked me up that he would take off running before the ball was launched. He knew what was coming. He is priceless.

  6. Mathew fett
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    This is too cool!! You need to start selling these! I would be interested in buying one, if they were not too expensive.

  7. Posted July 23, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    I really like this toy. My dotson can not stop play with toys. his favorite toy is the tennis ball. Could u tell me where or how i could get one of these.

  8. Posted December 2, 2009 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    You can find GoDogGo RemoteFetch, the original automatic ball thrower for dogs at for $120. Watch videos on the site’s video page.

  9. Susan Jessop
    Posted December 20, 2009 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    I see where almost everyone wants one, including me, but no information on how to get one or the price. Please send me the info? thatnks

  10. Posted December 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    @Susan and others:

    I guess my post wasn’t clear enough… The thrower isn’t mass produced. It was made by a guy on his free time.

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